Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
My Rating: 4 stars!
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.
Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.
But some can never stop searching for answers.
Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
I don’t know if you guys read the synopsis or not, but oh my god this book is fantastic. Basically, this book follows the course of many characters, particularly Rose and Cara, who are working with their team to understand and analyze this huge mysterious metal hand—something that nobody on Earth could have ever possibly made. The story is told through a series of interviews, of each character being examined by a nameless man, as they are trying with all their might to successfully understand this phenomenon in their lifetime.
The plot and the sheer intelligence that has gone into this book is incredible. It wasn’t too dumbed down for readers, but at the same time you could easily follow what was going on in the book. This is one of those books where you can truly see how much effort was put into studying the science behind things and trying to get a proper portrayal of it.
There were also a lot of interesting topics discussed within this book, such as the extent in which humans will go for scientific discovery, no matter how horrific, as well as the notion that we are not alone in this universe.
I listened to the audiobook for this, and I loved it. My experience with this book was definitely enhanced, because the audiobook has a full cast of characters and it was told so brilliantly. Even through the audiobook, I still didn’t feel entirely connected with the characters in this book. When something happened to a character, I didn’t feel much emotion regarding to it, other than shock or surprise, which I feel is my main concern with this book.
The plot itself is pretty fast-paced. I found that it slowed down a bit especially towards the middle of the book, but other than that, there were just so many crazy twists and turns and I loved every second of it.
I highly recommend this book to those of you who have read and enjoyed science fiction books before. Even if you are not the biggest sci-fi fan, this book is definitely worth your time.
Thank you so much for reading!